This summer, PRWIN hosted a Sponsorship Day to recognize our valuable sponsors in our community. The field gathering showcased a red maple reforestation site in Huron Township. This project began in 2021 and offers red maple seedlings and a small mixture of white spruce. The location is a small area of retired cash crop land that is near a river bank. The seedlings included a variety of red maple, white cedar, white spruce, Norway spruce, white oak, black walnut and black cherry. Thank you to our PRWIN Directors David Grant, Murray Jamieson, Don Farrell, Bill Smith and and volunteer Jim Roberts for planting the reforestation sites.

Sponsorship and donations from B.M. Ross and Associates, Baywood Interior Millwork, Community Foundation Grey Bruce, Enbridge, Greenfield Global, K2 Wind, Nuclear Waste Management Organization, Ontario Power Generation, Trillium Mutual Insurance supported our 2022 programming. Thank you to our sponsors, donations and our hard working directors and volunteers for assisting with our community programs. 

Missing from our group sponsorship photos are John Lassel from Baywood Interior Millwork and Jennifer Isber-Legge - Grants and Donor Relations Coordinator for Community Foundation Grey Bruce and Trillium Mutual Insurance.

Picture above are: (left) PRWIN Director Bill Smith, PRWIN Treasurer Joanne Kuntz, Lisa Courtney - Partner with B.M. Ross and Associates, PRWIN Chairperson David Grant, PRWIN Director/Project Supervisor Donald Farrell, PRWIN Director Gib McIlwarth and PRWIN Director Conner Dixon (right)

Picture above are:(left) PRWIN Director Bill Smith, PRWIN Treasurer Joanne Kuntz, Usman Bhatti - Enbridge Plant Manager, PRWIN Chairperson David Grant, PRWIN Director/Project Supervisor Donald Farrell, PRWIN Director Gib McIlwarth and PRWIN Director Conner Dixon (right)
Picture above are:(left) PRWIN Director Bill Smith, PRWIN Treasurer Joanne Kuntz, Andrew MacDonald - Greenfield Global, PRWIN Chairperson David Grant, PRWIN Director/Project Supervisor Donald Farrell, PRWIN Director Gib McIlwarth and PRWIN Director Conner Dixon (right)
Picture above are: (left) Taylor Hulley - K2 Wind Senior Site Logistics Coordinator and PRWIN Chairperson David Grant (right)
Picture above are: Picture above are: (left) PRWIN Director Conner Dixon, PRWIN Director Bill Smith, PRWIN Treasurer Joanne Kuntz, Morgan Murray - NWMO Senior Engagement Advisor, Carly Franks - NWMO Summer Student, PRWIN Chairperson David Grant, PRWIN Director/Project Supervisor Donald Farrell, PRWIN Director Gib McIlwarth (right)
Picture above are: (left) Kaitlyn Nevill - OPG  Senior Communications Advisor and PRWIN Chairperson David Grant (right)



Picture above are: (left) PRWIN Chairperson David Grant, Heather Falconer, Grace Ferrier, Samantha Bruder and PRWIN Director Conner Dixon (right) Photo courtesy of the Kincardine Record.
PRWIN Chairperson, David Grant presented our 2022 Award of Merit to our community members. The following recipients gave their time, efforts and support to complete reforestation projects and programming we coordinated this past year. The presentation took place at the Ripley Huron Fall Fair Ambassador Program on September 23rd.

This year we wanted to highlight the importance of the 4H Conservation Club in our community and the opportunity to connect our local youth.
This year, The Ripley 4H Conservation Club and PRWIN worked together, planting trees on a landowner’s property in Huron Kinloss. The 4H Volunteer Tree Planting Day hand planted 2000 white cedars with a mix of Norway spruce.
PRWIN Directors and the 4H Conservation Club teamed up to tidy up a mature reforestation site in Kincardine Township. Directors and volunteers removed old white field tiles from the bottom of trees along a fence line, checked tree tubex for living/dead trees and fixed stakes to secure them for the thriving trees.
Also, the Conservation Club had a work bee for road side clean ups and they attended the Lake Huron Coastal Centre - Volunteer Tree Planting Event at Boiler Beach.
PRWIN Directors and the 4H Conservation Club worked together to spring-clean The McLarty Environmental Study Area. Directors, volunteers and 4H members removed tubex and stakes from mature trees, trimmed branches, cut grass for pathways, and assisted with spring maintenance of the picnic tables, bird houses and sheds.
Thank you for all your efforts to prepare the McLarty Centre for the summer season.
4H Conservation Club Member: Samantha Bruder
As vice president, Samantha Bruder was called upon to take a leadership role at some of the meetings and she did so with success. Her presence was very positive and valuable to the club. PRWIN wants to recognize Samantha for her positive influence and her willingness to help out in a lot of little ways to make the jobs of the 4H leaders easier!

4H Conservation Club Volunteer: Heather Falconer
Heather Falconer has been an avid volunteer alongside her children in the Ripley 4-H Conservation club this year. Her participation, guidance and support in activities such as road cleanup and tree planting was appreciated.
Also, Heather has contributed many volunteer hours with the Ripley Summer Sports Committee to coordinate many roles with the summer sports programs in our community. You will see Heather helping out with her children’s activities.
Heather and her husband Kevin are landowners in Huron Township. In 2018, they agreed to have PRWIN plant over 1300 hardwood and softwood trees planted on their river flats, and an alternative water source installed. This established project is to keep top soil on landowner's fields by implementing best management practices. Tree planting is one of those initiatives.

4H Conservation Club Member: Grace Ferrier
Grace Ferrier has been a reliable and dedicated member of the club. She has shown a keen interest in both participating and learning from the activities that we did this year. Thank you Grace for all your hard work within your club activities and volunteering your time to assist PRWIN with our in ground planting sessions this spring.



We love our community! We are well known for taking care of our watershed and have developed a very approachable relationship with landowners. We welcome projects from local landowners. Berms, tree planting, cattle crossing and wetlands are the majority of project requests.

Landowners allow us to help them manage in ground projects by working together to secure funding and co-ordinate contractors. It is a great opportunity!

If you have a project in mind, please contact us at



Aerial photos of the McLarty Centre capture a wide variety of the landscape….a trail system throughout the area, two wetland ponds, an osprey nest and thousands of mature trees.
The McLarty Centre offers many opportunities to enjoy ....walking the trail, bird watching, photography, and reconnecting with nature.

If you are interested in a group visit, contact PRWIN at
Thank you to the Lassel Family - Baywood Interior Millwork for their donation. They hosted a family reunion raffle with Baywood Interior Millwork donating company swag for the raffle. The Lassel’s decided to make a donation from the raffle to help PRWIN in it’s on going efforts to provide tree programs and to improve and protect the watershed along Lake Huron.
Thank you for recognizing and sharing our organization with your family and for your continued support.



Picture above are: (left) PRWIN Treasurer Joanne Kuntz accepts a donation from David Grant - President of Bruce Beach Cottager's Association. (right)
Picture above are: (left) PRWIN Director/Project Supervisor Donald Farrell accepts a donation from Joanne Kuntz - Secretary of Lurgan Beach/Blairs Grove Association (right)
Thank you to the Point Clark Beach Association for your donation to PRWIN. The donation will be used to continue to improve the natural quality of the watershed and to provide educational opportunities in protecting our environment.
Thank you for recognizing and supporting our community projects.
We are a not-for-profit charity, and always welcome assistance from any business, association, or member of our community.
If you wish to donate directly to our organization, our mailing address is:
86 Huron Street, Box 367
Ripley ON
N0G 2R0
The Pine River Watershed Initiative Network supplies Charitable Receipts for donations over $20.00 CDN for income tax purpose.



PRWIN was presented with a $1,000 donation from Greenfield Global.
Our committee greatly appreciates their generous support to assist us with our in ground programs in the Pine River Watershed. PRWIN Chairperson David Grant accepts the donation from Kathleen Ackert, QA Co-ordinator for Greenfield Global.



PRWIN would like to welcome our new PRWIN Director Conner Dixon.
Conner is a resident of Huron Township and has brought to our organization countless volunteer hours to assist us with our Spring Seedling Program. His dedication to our vision of “Clean water and a healthy ecosystem within the Pine River watershed“ will be a welcoming addition to our organization.



PRWIN participated in the Ripley Huron Fall Fair Decorating Contest to enhance our curb appeal in our downtown community. The theme of the friendly fall fair was " Scarecrows & Fence Rows." Also, PRWIN took part in the Ripley Huron Fall Fair Parade with Director Conner Dixon driving his 1952 International Step Side 1/2 Ton Truck.

PRWIN had an opportunity to take part in the Ripley Huron Fall Fair by having a vendor table at the exhibit hall. This was a chance for us to connect with our community! We had PRWIN Directors on hand to share with the public our projects and programs. 
Elaine Courtney of Ripley, was the winner of the Free Blaze Maple Tree from our "PRWIN Tree Raffle."
Thanks to everyone who took part in the raffle and for stopping by to see us at our vendor table. This beautiful tree was purchased at Smeltzer's Garden Centre. Elaine's son Matt picked up the tree for her from the fall fair exhibit hall.

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